Henry Wingo

Ferencvaros won once again with Henry Wingo in their defense to take command of Group H, while Mix Diskerud and Nicosia fell in Spain and bring up the rear in Group E.

Monaco 0 – 1 Ferencvaros

Henry Wingo and the Hungarian league leaders Ferencvaros traveled to the Principality of Monaco to take on the Ligue 1 side in European action and came home with all the points, thanks to a late goal from Balant Vecsei.

It took only seven minutes for the first shot of the game to hit the target from Wissam Ben Yedder but the Hungarian keeper, Denes Dibusz had little trouble in making the save. 

Thirteen minutes later Tokmac Chol Nguen scored a curling goal into the back of the net, but VAR ruled out the Kenyan-Norwegian’s strike saying that he was in an offside position.

After some half chances at both ends, the half ended scoreless.

A couple of early half-chances after the intermission came to nothing. The net bender finally came in the 80th when Adama Traore picked out his Hungarian team mate in the box and watched the midfielder’s mediocre bouncing shot cross the line.

With back-to-back Europa League victories, the Green Eagles are at the top of the group and will hope to stay there when they take on Red Star Belgrade after the international break. 

Real Sociedad 2 – 1 Omonia Nicosia

Mix Diskerud started in the midfield for Omonia when they traveled to Spain but the one goal from Bruno Souza wasn’t enough as the Spaniards found the back of the net twice. 

Jonathan Gomez didn’t make the team sheet for the hosts, as he is still primarily working with their second-team.

A half-hour into the game, Real took the lead when Ander Guevara Lajo scored his first goal of the season for the Spaniards. 

Diskerud was one of three 65th-minute substitutions, with Souza coming on and scoring seven minutes later. 

The celebrations were short lived however because Sociedad’s sub, Alexander Sorloth, hit the game winner ten minutes before the full 90. 

The loss leaves the Cypriots at the bottom of the standings after two games. They’ll face their biggest European challenge in a few weeks when they host Manchester United.

Sporting Braga 1 – 0 Union Berlin

The current German league leaders were undone by a solitary goal from Braga’s Vítor Manuel in the 77th minute. Jordan Siebatcheu started for Union but was unable to find the back of the net in Portugal. 

Although the visitors had a handful of chances to score, they just couldn’t take advantage and get anything out of the game. 

They will hope for better next time out in the European adventure when they take on Malmo from Sweden. Both teams have yet to register any points in their group as of yet.

Notes

Matt Turner would have started for Arsenal when PSV Eindhoven was to come to town, but the game was postponed due to the Metropolitan Police being stretched thinly after the demise of the British monarch.  Richard Ledezma would have like to have taken part as well and may well do so when the game is rescheduled later in the fall. For both teams however, they’ll go up against Bodo/Glimt and Zurich respectively after the break.

Romain Gall made the Malmo bench when they travelled to Belgium but his side lost to Union St Gilloise by a 3-2 score line. The American will hope to see some European playing time when the Swedes host Union Berlin.

By Michael Adubato

The old man of Yanks-Abroad, having been around since the very beginning in 2004, Known as the resident Belgian expert since that’s where he has lived for a couple of decades. Over the years he has interviewed Nats such as Kasey Keller, Brian McBride, Oguchi Onyewu, Jozy Altidore and Tim Weah, to name a few. When not working the day job, he can often be found in stadiums around Europe, watching games from the top flight to the lower leagues. To prove that he is not just a pretty face, Mike received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maryland and a Masters from the University of Oklahoma. Boomer Sooner! On a non-soccer note, Adubato has just released a book of poetry from his travels, Missing the Exit, published by Broken Keys Publishing in Ottawa, Canada. So that must make him the YA poet laureate! You can grab your copy on Amazon.com, order online and pick it up and Barnes & Noble or get an e-copy at various outlets.

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